World-wide food production has to double by 2020 to feed an estimated global population of up to eight billion. Nowhere is that pressure felt more keenly than Africa – a continent where for every five people, four are farmers – and yet where famine still occurs. Africa is a continent overlooked by the Green Revolution and where ancient fragile soils are particularly vulnerable to erosion. It’s not surprising therefore that the benefits which enthusiasts say are offered by biotechnology – improved quality and yield from genetically-modified crops – are viewed with more favour and far less scepticism in Africa than in the well-fed West. High-tech Harvest examines the arguments in support of biotechnology set against the concerns of those who claim it’s too early days to know what the long-term effects of GMOs will be on Africa’s environment.
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